My husband and I are part of the nomadic homeless shelter program and have been for five years. The season started Nov. 1 and we had 14-18 folks the first few weeks. Then the city leaders decided to close Hangtown Haven on Nov. 15. The consequences of that is that the numbers at the overnight shelter have been increasing rapidly.
Last night the shelter had 43 shelter guests. We have enough sleeping bags but have had to order more mats to accommodate the increased numbers and the mats will not be in until next week. Thanks to a grant from the Eldorado Community Foundation we will have the funds to cover this increased expenditure.
The problem is that the churches in the shelter program have willing hearts but limited facilities to house any more than 45 people overnight. Overcrowding becomes a problem; there will not be enough space, volunteers, equipment, food, transportation. It becomes very difficult to provide a quality overnight shelter program for our homeless community.
We need and welcome additional churches and organizations to step up and assist the shelter program with the increased numbers caused by the closing of Hangtown Haven.
With gratitude, the current participating churches are Foot Hills United Methodist, Mercy Way Rescue Church, Green Valley Community Church, Solid Rock Faith Center, Christ Like Services, Cameron Park Christian, New Hope Fellowship Church, Cold Springs Community Church and Federated Church.